Getting me sport on

5 05 2008

Home of the BravesThis weekend, I did go to the Braves game vs. the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. I made the first of many bloopers this weekend when I bought tickets for the Friday and we had to buy again for Saturday. Ooops. The next blunder was when I lost my MARTA card but we won’t get into that… anyway, I think I’ve come up with solutions to these issues.

So the Braves creamed the Reds and that was great. I thought it was unusual that people are actually allowed to do Tomahawk chops and all that. In Arizona I bet someone would complain, but in Georgia there isn’t such a large Native American population. So Braves it is. There were some pretty fired up attendees, and I shot a video of the fans up top as well as the joyous crowd out beyond us. There were actually two groups of guys that were chanting at each other in a strange sort of manly solidarity. It was pretty awesome. And another guy was geeked out in American flag pants. Hey, to each their own.

But wait, there’s more from this oh-so-sporty weekend:

  • BULLET OMG: It was a big week for the Hawks, as they managed to not suck as bad as everyone thought they would. They tied the series vs. the top-seeded Celtics and gave sportswriters and angry forum commenters plenty of fodder for a couple days. I saw a good chunk of Game 6 and the Celtics were really sucking it up. Imagine if the Hawks had won Game 7… imagine all the people. It’s funny though, former Suns player Danny Ainge is a big shot over at the Celtics now (the Celtics was his former team besides the Suns). I guess in a way I don’t mind too much that they’re succeeding. I always liked Mr. Ainge and his Hat Store in the malls in Phoenix.
  • Of course, as you know, the Suns got kicked by the Spurs early in the week. For a while, it looked like the Hawks were doing *better* than the Suns. I would like the Suns to get a championship someday. They’re long overdue, but alas, not this year. Not with the current setup.
  • ANOTHER BULLET, HOLY HECK: My Suns fandom goes way back to even before the 1992-3 dream season, when the Suns managed to Not Suck enough to get to the NBA Finals. Back when we had Sir Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle and Danny Ainge and I could go on and on. Even back when they were playing in Veterans Memorial Coliseum instead of America West Arena, er, U.S. Airways Center. They even had one of the most thrilling games of all time as they stuck it out with the Bulls into a third overtime. But, alas, the Suns have never had a championship. I read an interesting article that said it pretty well as the writer mused on the demise of the Suns’ “Seven Seconds or Less” era: the Suns are that team you love to love, but you have to wonder what’s happening and if the success will continue. That said, I’m no sports expert and I’ll always be a fan.

So there you go. This is the most un-female series of postings/musings that I’ve had in a while. But computers and sports are for everyone, not just the boyz.





What I’m working on programmingwise

5 05 2008

Outputting MySQL records using AJAX to update the display without reloading the whole page.Adding records to the MySQL database using a simple form and some PHP.

You might hear me talking about “my sequel” and other things. No, I’m not working on yet ANOTHER sequel to Harry & Kumar go to White Castle. So relax. What I’m talking about is MySQL, an open-source database Thingy that I am toying with. It is something that comes with the territory of my GoDaddy hosting account, so I thought I’d play with it. This entails learning the PHP scripting language to access it and manipulate it via the outside world and the Internetwebs, and in turn includes stirring in many other technologies. Bundled together, they are referred to as Ajax. Javascript, XML, and more.

Isn’t it geeky?

The screencaps above show you the program I’m working on. Simple stuff. Add a record, display it. The cool thing is this is pretty much how other software, such as WordPress, etc., works at its core. You make a new record in a database every time you plug in a blog entry, such as I’m about to do now.

My dream, my goal, only not quite, is to devise (on my own and by Frankensteining a number of techniques) a streamlined interface for information sharing that I can play with. I haven’t yet figured out what it will be, but I hope it’s something that I can employ to automate certain tasks, as well as use at home and in my personal life to display information simply and elegantly. I don’t know how far I’ll get on this project, but it’s a fun way to learn, regardless.